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    Re: Would drug legalization reduce the number of libertarians?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    The you first principle is that if you want to do something in the government then you should first try it out for yourself.

    I believe that society should respect the rights of the individual and protect those rights. Society does not have the ability to determine what is moral or healthly for the individual.
    Morality is derived from natural rights (no murder, no stealing, etc) and if those morals are recognized, most libertarians would agree that the government is acting within its bounds in determining an enforcable moral basis for society.

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    Re: Would drug legalization reduce the number of libertarians?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Simple question. Do you think drug legalization would move a noticeable number of libertarians to another ideology as one of their core issues is resolved to their satisfaction?
    If people were forced to study economics would the number of liberals and welfare-socialists go down?



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    Re: Would drug legalization reduce the number of libertarians?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Morality is derived from natural rights (no murder, no stealing, etc) and if those morals are recognized, most libertarians would agree that the government is acting within its bounds in determining an enforcable moral basis for society.
    Within the context of natural rights the only crimes are ones with victims. There wouldn't be any victimless crimes like using drugs and being locked up for it. I can't speak for libertarians, but in the context of the Constitution victimless crimes were not there when it was written. Victimless crimes appeared when society shoved their morality on everyone by using the government to do it.

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    Re: Would drug legalization reduce the number of libertarians?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    Within the context of natural rights the only crimes are ones with victims. There wouldn't be any victimless crimes like using drugs and being locked up for it. I can't speak for libertarians, but in the context of the Constitution victimless crimes were not there when it was written. Victimless crimes appeared when society shoved their morality on everyone by using the government to do it.
    Thats great, but its still enforcement of morality by government.

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    Re: Would drug legalization reduce the number of libertarians?

    I say it will have the opposite effect.
    I say, once the legalization of drugs supports the libertarian talking points, people will make the change. Now, if the libertarian platform was a one trick pony then maybe the OP might be onto something but, the libertarian platform has many issues to resolve.
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    Re: Would drug legalization reduce the number of libertarians?

    No because ending the Drug war is a part of the bigger plank of personal liberty.
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